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Carlton Colville
St Peters church in Carlton Colville (geograph 2085659).jpg
St Peter's church
Carlton Colville is located in Suffolk
Carlton Colville
Carlton Colville
Area 8 km2 (3.1 sq mi)
Population 8,505 (2011)
• Density 1,063/km2 (2,750/sq mi)
OS grid reference TM509905
  • East Suffolk
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Lowestoft
Postcode district NR33
Dialling code 01502
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
  • Waveney
List of places
52°27′14″N 1°41′28″E / 52.454°N 1.691°E / 52.454; 1.691

Carlton Colville is a civil parish and suburb of Lowestoft in the English county of Suffolk. It is 3 miles (5 km) south-west of the centre of the town, in the East Suffolk district. The area lies along the A146 Lowestoft to Beccles road.

Carlton Colville has boundaries with Oulton Broad, Gisleham and Pakefield. It forms the south-western edge of Lowestoft, with Mutford 2 miles (3 km) to the south-east. The electoral ward continues to the north to the River Waveney and had a population of 6,612 at the 2001 census, increasing to 8,505 at the 2011 Census. A civil parish, the parish council adopted town council status in August 2011, retaining the same powers and funding.


Archaeological investigations have discovered evidence of settlement from the prehistoric to the medieval periods, including 3 large stone axe heads dating from the neolithic or early Bronze Age discovered together in a pit.

Bloodmoor Hill, located between Carlton Colville and Pakefield, was the site of settlement in the 2nd and 3rd centuries and the 7th and 8th centuries. The Saxon period consisted of a relatively dense settlement as well as a cemetery which included at least one rich barrow burial. Artifacts were discovered in the cemetery in the 18th Century and the site was the subject of archaeological investigations between 1998 and 2006.

At the Domesday survey Carlton Colville was known as Carletuna or Karletun. It had a population of 45 households and a tax value of 4½ geld and was part of the estate of Earl Hugh of Chester.

A moated site south of Carlton Colville is believed to be the site of a medieval manor and is a scheduled monument.

Sprat's Water and Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest

Carlton Colville lies to the south of the River Waveney consisting of area of marshland and reedbed. Part of the area is designated, as Sprat's Water and Marshes, as a Site of Special Scientific Interest 55.5 hectares (137 acres) in size. Much of this area forms part of Carlton and Oulton Marshes Nature Reserve, a 151 hectares (370 acres) site operated by Suffolk Wildlife Trust. These areas are part of The Broads system and are the site of rare water plants such as bladderwort and water soldier as well as dragonfly populations.

Geography, culture and community

Bell Inn in Carlton Colville. Image author: Ian Robertson

Carlton Colville Primary School is the main primary school serving the surrounding area. The school was previously a lower school located on Church Lane, but due to a schools reorganisation by Suffolk County Council it was extended to a primary school and relocated to the site of the former Gisleham Middle School in September 2011 on Gisleham Road. Beccles Free School temporarily occupied the former site of Carlton Colville Primary School from September 2012, but relocated to Beccles in September 2014.

The parish church is St. Peter's Church, the oldest surviving part of which was built in the 13th century. There are six bells that hang at St Peter's weighing up to 12-1-26 cwt. The oldest bell was cast in 1608 by William Brend.

Carlton Colville is home to the East Anglia Transport Museum.

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